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What can go wrong when pouring concrete?

What can go wrong when pouring concrete?

At first glance, pouring concrete can seem like simple work. However, anyone who has experience working with the material can tell you there is, in fact, a lot of preparation and know-how which goes into working with concrete. Without sufficient care or expertise, your concrete can end up weak, cracked or unusable. So, let’s take a look at some common mistakes people make when pouring concrete which will result in subpar concrete.  

 

Inadequate site preparation

Without the necessary site preparation, you can run into concrete problems down the line. Land should be cleared, levelled and a layer of compacted gravel placed over the to-be-concreted area. The gravel can help promote drainage but, if it’s not compacted or if it is placed incorrectly, can contribute to settling or uneven surfaces.

 

Not getting the mix right

Different situations call for different kinds of concrete. You might think that concrete, with just three fundamental ingredients, hardly differs between jobs but you’d be mistaken. Different ratios of ingredients can result in very different mixes which are suitable for a range of jobs and conditions, producing a variety of finished results.

A common mistake for DIYers is to add too much water into the mix; although this can make the material easier to work with, it can also weaken the finished surface. You should take care to get the mix right before pouring to ensure you get the finish and strength you require – professional concrete suppliers can help you achieve this.

 

Uneven forms

Poor quality forms – whether they’re uneven, poorly constructed or not strong enough – can negatively affect the quality of the finish of your concrete. Forms should provide adequate support, have tight joints and be level to ensure the concrete will be correctly shaped whilst retaining strength and durability upon curing. With poor forms, concrete can easily leak out and dry unevenly.

 

Not accounting for weather conditions

Concrete pouring and curing should happen in fair weather conditions for the best results. Extreme heat or cold will negatively affect the curing/setting process and, if proper steps aren’t taken, your concrete won’t reach optimal strength and can even become cracked. Rain will also become a serious issue if protective steps aren’t taken as it can affect the water ratio in your concrete and hamper the curing process.

 

Removing forms too soon

It can be very tempting to remove concrete forms early but doing so can ruin all your hard work. If you remove the forms before your concrete is properly dry then it can easily start to collapse, sag or crack, rendering the material useless. Patience will pay off in the longevity of your concrete – forms should be left on for at least 48 hours to make sure thorough drying has occurred.

 

Easycrete are experienced concrete suppliers who can ensure you get the right high quality mix for your requirements. We offer both ready mixed and volumetric concrete for projects of all sizes, delivered to your door via our fleet of modern drum and volumetric lorries. For more information, advice and enquiries, don’t hesitate to contact our experts today – we serve customers across Surrey and the surrounding areas.

We've worked with a range of local and national clients...

  • Southern Piling
  • Leadside Groundworks Ltd
  • Kavbro Build Ltd
  • JPS Contractors Ltd
  • Jesmor Construction

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